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February 16, 2010 ACTION UPDATE

Using RTI to Improve Learning in Mathematics

A focus on early mathematics instruction and intervention is essential to students' later learning success. In this article, Dr. Amanda VanDerHeyden explains and provides resources for the steps that a district or school must take to implement RTI in mathematics: selecting a model of RTI, identifying adequate screening and progress-monitoring measures, and planning for effective delivery of tiered interventions.
Upcoming RTI Talk: Implementing RTI in Middle Schools
February 18, 2010 at 3 p.m. ET

Join Principals Jeanice Kerr Swift and Lori Smith as they answer your questions about key issues related to RTI including scheduling; staff buy-in; preparation, planning and training for RTI; benefits to students and staff; challenges, and next steps. Ms. Swift and Dr. Smith will offer specific tips for how school teams can work together to introduce and sustain RTI at the middle school level.

Submit advance questions for the discussion now or simply join the chat live on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 3 p.m. ET. This RTI Talk is presented by the RTI Action Network in collaboration with the National Center on Response to Intervention.

RTI Blog

What does it actually take to implement a comprehensive tiered service delivery model within a school? In this first RTI blog in a new series, Evelyn Johnson, Deb Carter, and Juli Pool share their successes and challenges in starting a two-year combined RTI/PBS implementation project at Silver Sage Elementary School in Idaho. Read this blog and comment today!


Should interventions in Tier 2 and Tier 3 follow the alignment of the core curriculum?

Dr. Karen Wixson, Professor of Education at the University of Michigan, emphasizes that in general, Tier 2 and Tier 3 interventions should be aligned with the core curriculum.
However, in her response, she does identify situations when differences between the tiered interventions provided and the core curriculum may be necessary.

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Voices from the Field

In the latest Voices from the Field story, Principal Paul A. Jebe explains how his middle school staff successfully utilizes RTI as an embedded teaching process to assess where students are and move them forward in the learning process. Learn more about how La Junta Middle School educators use RTI to conduct tiered interventions in various subject areas, including for gifted/talented students, and to lessen the intensity of problem behaviors.


Help Us Make a Big Difference!
We're always looking to improve what we do here at the RTI Action Network, and now we're asking for your help to do it! We'd like to know how we have helped you, your students, your school, or your community. Please take a few moments and send us your comments (just 1-2 sentences) explaining how the RTI Action Network has had an impact on your work. Please submit your comments and your full name, occupation, and city & state to RTIANFeedback@ncld.org. Thank you for helping to make a difference!
Virtual Visit: RTI in Action
The RTI Action Network travels to schools across the nation to find examples of real people doing real work with RTI, and realizes that there’s a need for resources addressing RTI at the secondary level. We're pleased to announce our new Virtual Visit showcasing Tigard High School in Portland, Oregon, which has been successfully implementing RTI for several years. Listen to the Tigard team as they discuss their success and their challenges implementing RTI at the high school level as well as critical RTI issues like scheduling, screening and instruction, and using data to make educational decisions.

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